Capped: Breakout Candidates, Including Podkolzin, Byram, Bouchard, and Georgiev

Jamie Molloy


My favorite time of year is upon us, the fantasy draft season and with that comes plenty of talent evaluations to become prepared for your league's draft. There are so many players to go around so it can become overwhelming at times, especially if you're doing a conventional drafting format where you have about two minutes per pick (approximately). Given the draft board is always updating and your ideal target can always get drafted right before you're on the clock so it is always nice to have a pool of players that you like so you don't frantically pick a player for the sake of making the pick.

In every draft there are a few different tiers that I like to break the player database into, those being: core players (the guys that should be rostered across most leagues that are structured in a conventional format), fringe players (the guys that are mainly rostered in leagues that value specialty areas and guys that are best suited to be on your bench in an ideal situation), injury replacement players (guys that are normally only rostered if you have an injury on your roster), sleeper players (players that you deem to outperform their ADP or guys that you think are underrated in this sense), and finally the breakout players (the players that are poised to breakout in terms of production, whether it be from a new role, new team, better linemates, etc,.).

In this week's article, I plan on providing some of my insight on some of the players that I deem to have breakout potential written all over them. These are the guys that you're really banking on to pop and to produce in a bigger role than the year prior, the players that are expected to take a next step.

#1) Evan Bouchard – D – Edmonton Oilers

Contract: $863K – 1 Year remaining (becomes an RFA this upcoming summer)

The 22-year-old has been touted ever since being drafted just a few seasons ago as a big and mobile offensive style defenseman. In his first full season with the Oilers, he was able to produce a very impressive 43-point season (12 goals) through 81 contests while playing behind more experienced guys in Tyson Barrie and Darnell Nurse. With that being a very promising step for the young defender, expect him to potentially take a bit of a jump this season given his familiarity in the NHL, mixed with a higher